I have been thinking about the Great Wall today. I guess in part it is because I had a few e-mails from China last night and today. The e-mails got me thinking about one of my favorite pictures that I took back in 2001 at the Great Wall. See my post Great Humor.
Of course these pictures also bring back memories of my first digital camera. All of these pictures were taken with a Sony Mavica camera that save the pictures on floppy disks. It is amazing how far technology has come since then.
In this first picture we see a picture of one of the signs at the Great Wall.
We visited the Great Wall at Badaling which is the most visited section of the wall.
In the picture above it is interesting to see the graffiti on the blocks. People want to leave their mark for others to see.
Badaling is about 50 miles from Beijing, so was definitely at a strategic location.
The section of the wall at Badaling was reconstructed in the mid 1950’s and was the first portion of the wall to be opened to the public. In the picture above you can see a portion of the wall that has not been reconstructed. You can definitely see that it had been neglected.
Millions of people visit the Great Wall at Badaling each year. It is much easier to visit today as there is a train that connects it to Beijing. When I was there we had to take a car from the city.
This is one place that I can definitely recommend for your bucket list. I would like to visit there again some day as it was a great experience.
Is the Great Wall of China on your bucket list?